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PDP has merged with INEC- Tinubu

Fola Akintomide

Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission have joined forces to make sure that the All Progressives Congress does not retain power in Lagos next year, Punch says.

He said, “Just as we (APC) merged to form a formidable opposition party, they have merged with Jonathan to form a formidable rigging machine.

The APC leader, who berated INEC over the manner it conducted the PVC distribution, said the commission had no excuse for failing to put its house in order.

“This exercise is a colossal failure. INEC has the responsibility to give us a date when the exercise would start which they did. They were the ones that picked the date. On the eve of the exercise, they announced they could only carry out the exercise in 11 Local Government Areas out of the 20 recognised by the Federal Government.

“Rather than outright boycott, we endured the frustration and appealed to the public to participate. Our field report and personal experiences indicated that the exercise in those 11 LGAs failed and it is unacceptable. In some instances, you didn’t find INEC and then in some, they did not start on time.”

Tinubu said if four months to the election, INEC had yet to put its house in order, it was safe to say that the commission could not conduct a free and fair election next year.